March 2018 Newsletter: “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!
and a highway system
for his shopping mall and subdivisions.
Build it, and the developer will come. ”
Transit lines are life lines! And, many times, the source of inspiration for art! If folks have any transit-related poems, drawings, stories etc they’d like to share, please email them to chandana@
Check out pittsburghforpublictransit.org to see pictures and updates from our most recent meetings and actions and check out our campaign page for a comprehensive list of everything PPT is working on.And if you’re not already on our email list but would like to be, please email chandana@
Happy transit riding and writing!
Also, there’s a bunch of events and meetings coming up! Take a look at what’s planned for the next month:
Tuesday, March 6th: County Council meeting at 5pm at the Allegheny County Courthouse (436 Grant Street) on the 4th floor in the Gold Room.
Wednesday, March 7th: International Women’s Strike panel from 6:30-8:30pm at 1 Smithfield Street in the Liberty Room
Thursday, March 8th: URA meeting at 2pm at 200 Ross Street in the Wherrett Room on the 13th floor
Thursday, March 8th: International Women’s Strike rally from 10:30am-1:00pm at the City County Building (414 Grant Street), see flier below
Wednesday, March 14th: March meeting for Pittsburghers for Public Transit from 6pm-9pm at 1 Smithfield Street (social hour from 6-7pm and meeting from 7-9pm)
Mon Oakland Connnector Meeting Raises Concerns about Autonomous Vehicles and Shows Lack of Public Process
A public meeting to discuss the possibilities for the Mon Oakland connector raised some serious concerns about the lack of transparency around goals, the fact that this service threatens to compete with Port Authority rather than enhance it, and that there is no talk about the impact of autonomous vehicles on transit jobs. There is also no public discussion about costs to taxpayers (particularly the cost per rider), and the lack of accountability inherent to public-private partnerships.
The City of Pittsburgh is calling for feedback about the proposed “Mon-Oakland connector” at this email address: 4milerun.mobility@
We encourage folks to write to 4milerun.mobility@
BRT Campaign Gains Traction and Press Coverage, Lots of Enthusiasm at Planning Meeting in Braddock
Photo: Full room at BRT Planning Meeting at the Braddock Library
The BRT Campaign has been making great strides and gaining many supporters as well as some great press coverage. Check out Next’s City’s article about the impacts to Mon Valley Riders, as well as articles from the Trib, Post-Gazette, and WESA that lift up the issues the BRT Coalition has been raising for months!
This week, riders from the Mon Valley and supporters will be testifying at both the County Council meeting and the URA board meeting. Please come out if you’re able to so both of these entities are also held accountable for their role in the BRT proposal. The details for both meetings are below:
County Council Meeting, March 6th at 5pm at 436 Grant Street, 4th Floor County executive Rich Fitzgerald has announced that the county is committed to the BRT, regardless of whether or not federal funding comes through for the project. The county has yet to address any of the concerns around access and equity that have been brought up repeatedly. It’s time to make sure the county’s transit plans meet the needs of ALL residents, not just the fortunate few!!
International Women’s Day: A Panel and Strike
The International Women’s Strike is happening in Pittsburgh next Thursday, March 8th. There will be a panel on March 7th at 6:30pm at 1 Smithfield Street and a rally the next day at 10:30amat 414 Grant Street.
PPT’s March Meeting
PPT Board Nominations
PPT is currently accepting nominations for the coordinating committee. The coordinating committee helps guide the direction of the organization and is a decision making body for the group. Elections will take place at the next monthly meeting in March. People of color, disabled folks, low income folks, women, queer, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ folks, and those who are transit dependent are encouraged to run!